Become a Special Constable in the West Midlands

WEST Midlands Police is seeking to recruit fifty new Special Constables as the force looks to expand and diversify its volunteer ranks.

The search for the volunteers will start from 10am on Monday 9th September and will close after 1,000 applications have been received. The Specials will cover local neighbourhoods in Coventry, Birmingham City, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Anyone over 18 can apply via the recruitment section on the West Midlands Police website.

Those who apply to become Specials have to commit to up to 16 weeks of training before starting. This will include at least one night a week and also weekends. If successful, the training will start in January 2014 and it is hoped the first new specials will be operational by May 2014.

Superintendent Richard Youds, says: “Specials have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform. They are given all the necessary training to enable them to carry out their duties in a professional manner. The hours are flexible but specials will be required to volunteer to work a minimum of four hours each week, or more if they can spare the time.”

PCC Bob Jones says: “Special Constables are remarkable volunteers who give their time for their community. Becoming a Special Constable is not easy, but I would encourage anyone with the commitment and skills necessary for these vital roles to put themselves forward.” 

To find out more about the process or to apply for one of the 50 roles, please visit 

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